EVENT16.02.2023 / 6.00pm7.00pm

Birmingham: The Brutiful Years

In Conversation with the Authors

Meet the authors of the critically acclaimed book, Birmingham: The Brutiful Years (designed by Sharonjit Sutton and published by The Modernist).

Authors Mary Keating, Jenny Marris and John Bell, who form part of The Brutiful Action group, discuss Birmingham’s relationship with its post war architecture, followed by a Q&A and book signing. The event is hosted by Dr Linzi Stauvers, Acting Artistic Director, Education, at Ikon. Birmingham: The Brutiful Years is available to purchase in-store or shop online.

This event is organised to coincide with Ikon’s exhibition Horror in the Modernist Block.

Horror in the Modernist Block is supported by Fluxus Art Projects, Embassy of the Netherlands, Freelands FoundationItalian Cultural Institute and The Modern Institute.

About the authors

Mary Keating has been an enthusiastic voice of Modernist architecture for many years. Living in a John Madin designed house, she was at the forefront of the campaign to save Birmingham Central Library.

A love of John Madin’s iconic Central Library prompted Jenny Marris to join the campaign. This led to an interest in Modernist and Brutalist architecture, and a commitment to raise awareness of an important period in Birmingham’s architectural history.

Having worked for some time in Coventry and appreciating the Modernist redevelopment of the city, John Bell found a different story in Birmingham. He gave his design and photographic skills to support the campaign to save Central Library, becoming a founding member of Brutiful.

Event Date

Thursday 16 February 2023

Event Details

Free, suggested donation £5

Information on Ikon Gallery’s accessibility is available here

For additional access enquiries please contact learning@ikon-gallery.org

A British Sign Language interpreter can be provided. Please contact us at least 10 working days in advance of the event to request a BSL interpreter


Ikon Gallery

1 Oozells Square, Brindleyplace, Birmingham B1 2HS

Image Credits
1. The Brutiful Years 2. Jenny Marris 3. Mary Keating 4. John Madin


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